Foresight by Sherry D. Ficklin
“All Grace Archer wants is to graduate from high school and get on with her life. But the Gods of Fate have other ideas. Attacked at graduation by a mysterious woman with gruesome henchmen, Grace is lucky to escape with her life.
Rescued by a Fae warrior named Chris and her Aunt Phoenix, Grace learns that her mother was the Greek Goddess Pandora. Now Grace must protect her mother’s urn from the crazed demi-goddess Lilith, who is determined to unleash its horrors on an unsuspecting Earth. As if her blood legacy is not bizarre enough, Grace begins to develop frightening powers that threaten to destroy her from the inside out. Can Grace find the strength to defeat Lilith? Can she learn to control her powers before she loses her mind?”
Foresight is book one in The Gods Of Fate trilogy. I really liked how it starts off at Grace’s graduation with her thoughts on what for her, is a mundane process to be endured. Then the s#%t hits the fan, so to speak, and its non-stop action from there. Grace is a fun, fresh character with a lot of resilience and determination. Faced with difficult odds and shocking information about her blood lines, she bravely goes up against the ultimate foe to fight for her life and those of the people she loves.
Really great story with an interesting mix of the Fae and Greek myth. I loved the characters and their “voices”, the pacing, the seamless mix of two paranormal elements, and the story itself. The only thing I would have preferred to be different is for the story to be fleshed out a bit more in regards to Grace having to deal with everything changing so fast. Maybe the author had a word limit with her publisher, or something to that effect, (I’m just guessing here), but at some points it felt a bit rushed. That’s just my personal preference though. It’s a great story and I am really looking forward to the next book in the trilogy, Second Sight, due out Sept 2011.
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I am writing to explain my shameful negligence these last few weeks. The month of December was, as it is for most, a busy month for me. I had two family birthday’s, Christmas, New Year’s and another family birthday on January 2nd, so, it was a bit hectic to say the least. I’m sure you can understand the lack of posting for this reason. Here’s my cat, Nemo, doing his “nobody can see me under the tree” impression. The glowing eyes didn’t give him away at all…. really! LOL
I also was, in the mean-time, bitten by the TWILIGHT bug, but I’ll start from the beginning. I had, of course, read all 4 books in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series as they were released. I really enjoyed them and recommended them to family and friends. When I heard that the movie was coming out, I definitely wanted to see it! I am not usually one to go and see movies in the theater and especially not in the first week or two. I’m not a fan of having the back of my seat kicked for two hours, or of listening to teenagers talk/giggle/text/go in and out, etc while the movie is playing. It’s a fair statement to say that I make it to the theater about once a year to see a movie, and it’s always during the week, a couple of weeks after it’s been released. I’m more of a buy the DVD and watch it at home kinda gal.
So, November 21st came and went, and I read several stories online about girls screaming through the whole movie, how packed the theatre was, and several “loved it/hated it” posts. I continued to read these stories for a couple of weeks and considered it a good call on my part to wait to see it. My older sister also wanted to see it, so we decided to go, but the night before we had planned to go, I was telling my best-friend that we were finally going. She offered to go that night with me and even offered to pay… like I was going to say no? I don’t think so! So December 12th, off we went. I think this picture will say what I thought of it better than mere words.
Yes, that’s 8 theater tickets you’re looking at, all mine, as well as the Official Movie Companion and a Twilight Tribute magazine. I have never, and I mean NEVER, been to see a movie this many times! It’s crazy! And I still want to see it again, lol. My sister and I went the next night. She loved it too. We went again the next week and still wanted to go again. My mom couldn’t figure out why we were both so nuts about this film, so now she wanted to go and watch it to see what all the fuss was about. Now I think it’s pertinent to let you all know that I am 30-something years old, my sister is closer to 40 and my mom is 62-ish, lol. We’re in no way close to being impressionable, easily-swayed, teenagers. My mother has never been a fan of vampires, paranormal romance or urban fantasy. Umm… yeah… my mother has been 5 times to see it!!! My sister 3 times, me – 8 times, my best friend 4 times and her 16 year old daughter 5 times. Crazy huh? LOL My mom asked for the first book, Twilight, the first night she saw it and she read all 4 books in a week. I’ve re-read the series twice since seeing the movie the first time. We’re actually tossing around the idea that there is some kind of subliminal messaging in either the movie or the soundtrack, which I also bought. We all LOVE the soundtrack too! Yup, I’m definitely leaning towards subliminal something alright.
It doesn’t hurt that the lead actor, Robert Pattinson, is hands-down, the best looking man on the planet! (Yes, I know he’s 22, he’s almost 23. Think Demi & Ashton people, lol, and he has said that he likes older women, so there! I can still dream.) Both in or out of character, he is just stunning. See for yourself…
Out Of Character
Apparently, if you’re a female with a heartbeat, this worked! For real! I have no other viable explanation for my complete zombi-fi-cation over this Twilight addiction. I guess I now officially qualify as a Twi-Hard or Fan-Pire, lol. And I am 100% Team Edward, in case that wasn’t clear before. 😀
What did I think of the movie? Well, I usually find myself disappointed when I see a movie after reading the book. Not this time! Yes, there are quite a few changes. There are scenes from the book that I would have loved to have seen that weren’t in the movie, and scenes in the movie that weren’t in the book, but they made it work. Obviously, there’s no way to put everything that’s in a 500-something page book into a two hour movie. I can’t wait to see New Moon in November and Eclipse when it comes out!
I thought that the casting choices they made really worked well. For me, Kristen Stewert as Bella was a good choice. I’m not sure if it was the screen-writer’s scripting or Kristen’s acting, but I found some of her scenes lacking in the dialogue department. I recall the character being much less conversationally challenged in the book. I also missed the witty sarcasm that the character of Bella has in the book. They showed a very small taste of that with the character in the movie, but I did like Kristen as Bella, all-in-all. Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen was spectacular. He not only acted the hell out of that part, he WAS Edward! The emotions that this guy can portray with just a look… WOW! Another favorite was Ashley Green as Alice Cullen. She nailed the part to a T. Love her! Jackson Rathbone as Jasper Cullen/Hale was great. He totally had a couple of Edward Scissorhands moments, but I enjoyed his portrayal. I also liked the rest of the cast and I think it was really a good idea to cast a lot of people who weren’t really well known for other parts/characters. This made it easier to accept them in these character roles.
I am not the “target audience” for either the books or movie, but from what I’m seeing online, apparently there are a lot of other women who don’t fall into that demographic and they are all huge fans of the books and movie. Go and check out the Twilight MySpace page and read the comments to see some truly shocking comments. Some girls have been 30, 40, 100, 200 & 300 times to see the movie!! See, I’m not that bad. LOL Yes, I’ve been bitten by the Twilight bug, and my brain has been preoccupied. The several hundred fansites of all the books, movie and characters attest to the fact that there are an awful lot of fans out there. Twilight Moms is a cool site, though the only “beings” I am mother to are my dog and cats. Another great site is Pattinson Online. You can find out more about the awesome books at Stephenie Meyer’s Website.
So, in closing, Dear Blog, I have been unfair to you by spending all my time with my new addiction. My apologies to you and my readers. It’s time to give my head a shake and get back in the game. I will endeavor to get back to posting my reviews, interviews and urban fantasy relevant news starting right now. But… if Robert Pattinson were to contact me for a date or for any reason really… I may disappear for awhile again. I’m sure you’ll understand.
Here we go my little ghouls and goblins! In honor of All Hallows Eve, I’m having a contest to win one of three awesome books! I’ll tell you which ones, and the contest details will follow.
The Accidental Demon Slayer by Angie Fox
Blurb – “It’s never a good day when an ancient demon shows up on your toilet bowl. For Lizzie Brown, that’s just the beginning. Soon her hyperactive terrier starts talking, and her long-lost biker witch Grandma is hurling Smuckers jars filled with magic. Just when she thinks she’s seen it all, Lizzie learns she’s a demon slayer-and all hell is after her.
Of course, that’s not the only thing after her. Dimitri Kallinikos, a devastatingly handsome shape-shifting griffin needs Lizzie to slay a demon of his own. But how do you talk a girl you’ve never met into going straight to the underworld? Lie. And if that doesn’t work, how dangerous could a little seduction be…?”
Countdown by Michelle Maddox
Kira Jordan wakes up in a pitch-black room handcuffed to a metal wall. She has 60 seconds to escape. Thus begins a vicious game where to lose is to die.
The man she’s been partnered with-her only ally in this nightmare-is a convicted mass murderer. But if he’s so violent, why does he protect her? And stranger still, what is it behind those haunted sea-green eyes that makes her want to protect him?
No one to trust. Nowhere to run. And the only hope of survival is working together to beat the
The Wild Road by Marlorie Liu
Blurb – “Lannes Hannelore is one of a dying race born to protect mankind against demonic forces. And while those who look upon him see a beautiful man, this illusion is nothing but a prison. His existence is one of pure isolation, hiding in plain sight, with brief solace found in simple pleasures: stretching his wings on a stormy night, long late drives on empty highways, the deep soul of sad songs.
But when Lannes finds a young woman covered in blood—desperate and alone, with no memory or past—he will be drawn into a mystery that makes him question all he knows. And though it goes against his nature and everything he fears, Lannes will risk his heart, his secrets, and his very soul, in order to save someone who could be the love of his life…or the end of it.”
Sweet, no? There is also a little bit of Monster Munny chocolate involved for the winners! The contest will run from the eve of October 31st until Midnight, November 8th. I will post the three winners on Nov. 9th. Unfortunately, I can only afford to ship within Canada and USA, so I will have to only accept entries from readers who live in these two countries. I apologize to my international readers.
Leave a comment telling me what your favorite thing is about Halloween, or a funny story about something that happened on Halloween, a scary story, or something to that effect. Please let me know what your preferences are for all three books and list them in the order of which book you would like the most to the least. The first name I pull will get the one they want, the second person will get the one they like first or second, and so on.
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I will attempt to contact the winners, but if I have no way of contacting you, then it’s the winners’ responsibility to check back and contact me within a week of the names being posted, or my emailing you. If I don’t hear back from a winner, I will pull a new name from the entrants.
Thanks everyone! I wish you all luck and a safe and Happy Halloween! 🙂